Daily Encouragement ~ 11/26

Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.”  John 14:21

This is a theme that has been heavily on my mind for several days. I am amazed at times how God seems to overload me with thoughts about one particular thing or another. It’s like He’s telling me to pay attention because this one is going to come in real handy in the coming days.

The thing this verse and other verses and writings, are telling me is we will be recognized by the way we live our lives. At first reading, we might discern that what it says is we should learn God’s commands, then go out and do things to show Him we love Him. I don’t read it that way at all. What it says to me is if I love God, He will fill me with His love. When I am filled with God’s love, I will know His commands because, like I said at the beginning of this, He will keep telling me things until I understand them. When I am filled with God’s love, and as I learn His commands and begin to obey them, others will notice the things I’m doing, and it will be obvious that I love God.

My point is, we should do things because God loves us and we love God, not because we want God to love us.

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